Krombacher Weizen

Hefeweizen Krombacher Brauerei

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Krombacher Weizen, a Hefeweizen by Krombacher Brauerei

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Krombacher Weizen is a Hefeweizen brewed by Krombacher Brauerei, and for the purposes of this review, the ale was served in a wheat beer glass from a bottle.

Appearance

Pours a cloudy marigold with an inch-thick head of white foam that offers excellent retention. A little lace is left behind on the glass.

Aroma

Pleasant aroma yields typical banana and clove.

Flavor

The palate is subdued with mild flavors of banana and clove atop a wheat base. Finishes bitterly with peppery hops.

Mouthfeel

Mouthfeel is smooth and effervescent but its light body seems a tad thin.

Overall

The Krombacher Weizen is an easy-drinking beer but its palate is underwhelming. While it’s not bad, just know there are better hefeweizens available from Germany and here in the United States.

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About the Hefeweizen

The Hefeweizen (known as a Weissbier in its native Germany) is hundreds of years old and was originally brewed for Bavarian royalty. The commoners began to drinking this wheat beer in 1872 but the typical pale straw to gold-colored version that’s enjoyed today only became popular in the 1960s. Also characteristic of the style is a tall, dense cap of foam while the unfiltered ale is usually cloudy. Its aroma and palate have a moderate amount of phenols and esters that impart a scent of clove and banana. Hops are mild at best and the smell and taste may also contain wheat bread, vanilla, or even bubblegum. Its feel is usually medium-light to medium, seemingly creamy, and should be effervescent with high carbonation.